Featured Interview With Pablo Michaels
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Pablo Michaels resides on a quiet country set in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives with his husband of twenty years with his pet American Eskimo Husky, Bailey. He was born in a private lumber town overlooking the slopes of Mount Shasta in Northern California. Pablo loves the outdoors and gardening but is restricted to a minimal amount of tasks he used to enjoy due to a disability. He enjoys food, wine, reading, and writing. Vacations to travel are prized by both his husband and him.
Pablo Michaels disguised himself as a shy, friendly heterosexual during his adolescence, fantasizing other males. Falling in love with another man his first year in college, he followed him to another university to maintain their platonic love, while he continued in his in studies. When he had his first sexual encounter with another man, just before turning twenty-one, he exploded into gay life with lust and anger. He attempted to live his new life naturally, seeking love, ignoring the statistics of the books he read on homosexuality in high school, and proving what he had read was wrong.
He wrote poetry and stories since third grade. When he turned twenty-one, he moved to San Francisco to work and write, experiencing more of gay life. In the 1980’s he wrote every chance he had, trying and failing miserably at publishing mainstream fiction. He published his first story in 1986 in a literary magazine.
After writing plays, short stories, poetry, and two novels, he began writing gay genre stories, since he had more knowledge and experience with gay lifestyle. Trying to publish, he went to a library seminar hosted by two published authors. Inspired by the gay writer, Scott Kemble he connected with him on the internet site for The San Francisco Bay Area Literary Arts Newsletter and Review, which published four of Pablo’s short stories.
Feverously writing since 2004, he published his first e-book, “Pagan Knights of Cambria” with Life of Riley Productions in London. Soon a mainstream story, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Hooray”, published also. In 2012 Pablo self-published his first novel, “Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time”, combining mystery and humor in a gay, erotic romance. He continues to write more episodes in his next novel, The Deer in the Forest The plot spreads over several decades, about a man’s attempts to adapt to the world he lives, all with love, heartache, history and survival at no cost.
His latest article, Why Gay Men Retire to Palm Springs, was just published in the very popular SimplySxy.com online magazine. You can read the insightful article here. http://simplysxy.com/articles/2015/06/08/why-gay-men-retire-to-palm-springs/
Pablo retired from gardening and landscaping to devote his energy to write fiction. As a gay man he wishes to promote his writing in the fictional, gay genre to help others understand the necessity for equal rights for LGBT people and comprehend that love between a man and a man, people of the same sex, is as natural as love between a man and a woman. Throughout his lifetime he has experienced the long battle of achieving acceptance. He has searched for a committed relationship with another man. He has loved his partner for eighteen years. They were married legally in front of Harvey Milk’s bust in the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall by a judge, in 2008. Although their marriage remained legal after the passage of Proposition 8, they continued to work to repeal DOMA and Prop. 8. Throughout his life he has attempted to live and practice peace as a process for living.
His book, Blood, Sweat and Black Leather, a gay paranormal romance, was published by Yellow Silk Dreams in January 2015. His Latest book, Affairs of Men’s Hearts, published in May 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams is an anthology of four stories connected by the themes of gay men seeking love with another man, from wishful thinking male to male romances to gay marriage. Jack and the Magical Beanstalk Book 1, gay adult fairy tale, published in November, 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams, Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & the Jeweled Grotto Book 2, gay, erotic, fairy tale, romance, published in September 2016 by Yellow Silk Dreams, Prelude to Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary Book 3, gay erotic, romantic, fairy tale, published in September 2016 by Yellow Silk Dreams
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Pablo’s mother was a primary grade school teacher who excelled in teaching reading and enjoyed reading almost any subject or genre. She taught him the value of books and the skill to read. His desire to write emerged in the third grade, after he wrote his first book, It Happened in England. He enjoyed writing through primary, middle, and high school. He worked part-time at the city library after school and on weekends, where he began his thirst to read erotica and other adult only books. During his last years in college the emphasis of his required reading was technical books in biology, botany, chemistry, physics, and other sciences to acquire his Bachelor’s degree. He had a diverse education that focused on the liberal arts, especially literature and creative writing. He wrote periodically through college and after he began employment after graduating. His real urge to focus on writing happened in 1970 when He moved to San Francisco to experience a more diverse cultural environment.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like to read any books containing ancient Greek mythology, most gay genre romances and mysteries, like Blak Rayne’s Reaper Series and other books, all of Richard Stevenson and Joseph Hansen’s mysteries any well written love story like Muffy Wilson’s Moonbeams of Unintended Consequences. I also like to read Tom Spanbauer, Edmund White, Dashiell Hammett. However, I don’t see any of a mixture of these writers who inspire me in my stories. Two authors I aspire to write like are two authors and their two books. Mary Renault’s The Charioteer, and Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers have multiple subplots within them. I strive to create a similar story with more than story contained in the book.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & the Jeweled Grotto Book 2 is the sequel to Jack and the Magical Beanstalk Book 1 in the Jack’s Magical Beanstalk Series. Book 2 has Jack and the main character trying to salvage his mother’s failing farm after a late spring blizzard destroys their spring crop. Meanwhile, Sam, Jack’s new love interest who followed Jack down the magical beanstalk when they were forced to chop it down, schemes for a way to find a way to grow another magical beanstalk to help his ailing father and brothers up above in the land where he originated. He has to keep his plan a secret once he bargains with a strange old man to grow another one. But he is unaware that Duchess Luscious Lips Loretta and Queen Buxom Bosom Belinda, two new giants, who are two huge men who dress like women, have taken up residency in the deserted castle where Master and Slave once lived. The need for the spice, saffron is needed to cure Sam’s family from the dreaded disease, Giant Fever. But the giants who covet the spice for use in their meat and poultry dinners and keep it out of reach. Jack and Sam have to devise a way to steal the seasoned food from the Queen and the Duchess and not be captured. Will Jack and Sam accomplish their missions and survive?
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